Not only did Andy Pettitte not get his 250th career win tonight, he could not qualify for the win. He was pulled with neck and back trouble and took the loss after going just 4 2/3 in the Yanks 3-2 loss to Seattle.
Before the game, the Yanks optioned Brett Marshall back to SWB and brought up Dellin Betances. Here’s some info from mlb.com on the 6’8″ Betances, who may make it as a reliever, but to be frank, has been a disappointment.
Betances, 25, had been touted as one of the club’s brightest pitching prospects, ranked No. 19 by MLB.com, but the local product has experienced struggles with his control and recently moved to the bullpen full-time at Triple-A, where he was 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in eight games (six starts).
Marshall gave up 5 R in 5 2/3 in his MLB debut but threw 108 pitches, hence the move.
In the 2nd, Andy gave up an RBI double, and the Yanks got it right back on a double by David Adams for his first career RBI.
Andy gave up a run in the fourth on a bases-loaded, 2-out infield single. He had to leave with the injury after 4 2/3. Hopefully a DL stint isn’t necessary, but after his last outing, it’s good to know that Nuno is available.
Not only that, C Chris Stewart left the game with an issue.
Calling Hawkeye and B.J. The M*A*S*H* unit is getting (can you believe it?) larger.
Pettitte, 4 2/3 (L, 4-3, 3.83), 2 R. 4 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Shawn Kelley gave up a HR to Mike Morse (code) in the 6th. 3-1 Mariners.
Kelley 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 5.71.
Logan 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.31.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.37.
The Yanks had their chances. They were 2 for 13 with RISP tonight.
I don’t know when the Yanks last successfully executed a squeeze play. In honor of one of the greatest bunters ever, Phil Rizzuto, I’ll pop open a bottle of champagne the next time they do so.
In the 5th, 1st and 3rd, one out and Gardner K’s, Nix pops up. One thing I’ve harped on FOR YEARS. Why no squeeze with Gardner up? He can beat OUT a bunt. Why no squeeze down 2-1?
They had 1st & 2nd, two out in the sixth and the rookie, Adams, bounced into a forceout.
They did cut it to 3-2 in the 7th (the final score) on a single by Ichiro, walk by Stewart and after two outs, a single by Cano.
They had Granderson on 2nd with one out in the 8th. Adams popped up and the slumping Ichiro struck out.
Gardner singled with one out in the 9th and stole 2nd and 3rd. With two out, Robbie bounced to SS to end the game.
Granderson had 3 hits tonight. Meanwhile, prospect Austin Romine has to start hitting. 1 for 17 so far in the majors this year.